Talyn (Korre Series #1)

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In a world where technology is magic, and war is the only way of life, Talyn is a soldier...

?raised from birth to fight for her people and her country. She long ago embraced her fate: to die in battle. So when a shocking peace sweeps her land, she's cast adrift, and easily seduced by an outsider's touch, his new magic -- but his passions are evil and run deep, and Talyn soon finds herself twisted by his touch.

Through him she discovers darkness within herself she'd never ...

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Overview

In a world where technology is magic, and war is the only way of life, Talyn is a soldier...

…raised from birth to fight for her people and her country. She long ago embraced her fate: to die in battle. So when a shocking peace sweeps her land, she's cast adrift, and easily seduced by an outsider's touch, his new magic -- but his passions are evil and run deep, and Talyn soon finds herself twisted by his touch.

Through him she discovers darkness within herself she'd never suspected--and the mistreatment of prisoners of war, the creeping blackness sneaking through her land, the insidious evil that no one even suspected their peacekeepers of bringing.

Now she must weigh her life against her honor if she is to help her people regain their freedom…

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"[A] stern and stirring treatise on the dangers of enforced peace and the virtues of paranoid preparation for the worst."--Publishers Weekly on Talyn

"Lisle has crafted an original plot, and its world and characters are very convincing."--Booklist on Talyn

"Yet again, Holly Lisle creates a world and society that completely absorbs the reader. A lot of fantasy has been written about the destructive effects of war. I think this is the first tale I've ever read that admits that peace, too, can bring a devastation of its own. The Tonks are a well-realized culture, and the warrior class in particular is painted with a detail that brings the characters to life. Lisle presents an unflinching examination of relationships amidst this clash of societies. This is not your average fat fantasy book. This will be worth more than one read."--Robin Hobb on Talyn

"Fierce loyalties, foul magics and fresh plot twists abound in Holly Lisle's tale of love, war and possession."--Jacqueline Carey on Talyn

Publishers Weekly
Two-time Campbell Award-finalist Lisle (Midnight Rain) tries to show she can handle shifts between first- and third-person in her latest fantasy, but the mental channel-flipping only serves to distract from an otherwise extremely well-written story. It's fascinating to be in the head of Talyn of the Tonks as she deals with being a career soldier abruptly dismissed when the foreigners known as Feegash broker a cease-fire in the 300-year war between her people and the neighboring Eastils. It's intriguing to also see through the eyes of Skirmig, her deeply twisted and controlling Feegash lover, and Gair, the Eastil captain who helps her incite rebellion once they realize the mutual disarmament is a way for the Feegash to take over both countries at once. Anyone who can get past "I thought about him" suddenly turning into "he thought about her" in the space of a paragraph and the plot-spoiling that inevitably stems from head-hopping will likely be captivated by this stern and stirring treatise on the dangers of enforced peace and the virtues of paranoid preparation for the worst. Agent, Robin Rue at Writers House. (Aug. 18) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Jumbo-sized stand-alone fantasy from the author of the Secret Texts trilogy (Courage of Falcons, 2000, etc.). For three long, bitter centuries the Magics and Conventionals of the loose-knit, republican Tonk Confederacy have fought against the similarly equipped monarchist Eastils. Now, to general disbelief, Feegash diplomats have arrived to broker a peace. As the peace talks begin, the Eastils send Tonk-speaking warrior Gair on a secret mission to slaughter the delegates-a plot detected and thwarted by Talyn and her Magic corps through their group-think clairvoyance and other powers. For his pains Gair is captured, thrown into a dungeon and forgotten, while Tonks and Eastils agree to the Feegash proposals; Feegash mercenaries disarm the Conventionals, and many Magics accept high-paying jobs in remote lands. Gair's comrade-at-arms, Snow Grell, persuades Talyn to help locate and free Gair. Then she meets handsome Feegash diplomat Skirmig, to whom she feels a peculiar, savage attraction. He offers to teach her Feegash magic. Talyn learns quickly, but soon, unable to resist Skirmig's mind-controlling powers, becomes his slave. Finally, the Tonks grasp that they've been invaded and conquered-too late: none can resist Skirmig. Now Gair dreams that Talyn is in grave danger and gallops off to rescue her. Talyn learns how to circumvent Skirmig's horrid magic, yet she and Gair remain mortal enemies. Can they set aside their profound hostilities and somehow turn the tide?For some reason, the narrative alternates between first-person Talyn and third-person Gair. Still, it's an unusually thoughtful work, unsparing of detail, with characters who must solve their own problems before they save the world.
Jacqueline Carey

"Fierce loyalties, foul magics and fresh plot twists abound in Holly Lisle's tale of love, war and possession."
Robin Hobb

"An unflinching examination of relationships admidst a clash of societies. This is not your average fat fantasy book."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765348739
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: Korre Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.71 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Two time Campbell Award finalist Holly Lisle is a native of Salem, Ohio. In addition to various towns in Ohio, she's lived in Alaska, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. She has three children and several cats, and believes that writing novels is the best job a person can have.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

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    Fantastic Fantasy!

    By no accounts was this book perfect, but I'm willing to forgive a book a lot more if it makes me laugh. Right from the start the main character, Talyn, has a fantastic sense of humor that would have kept me interested in a much worse book. Talyn is a character I think most people can empathize with. She's straightforward, proud, and vivacious. Right from the first chapter I cared a lot for her, and I was emotionally invested in what happened to her.

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    Fantastic

    I -loved- this book! Holly Lisle puts a twist on the classic fantasy novel that is completely original and utterly entrancing. There is a perfect balance between action and romance. You won't want to put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2006

    Thought-provoking

    Talyn is well-written and thought-provoking. It stays with you for days after you read it, and makes you ask questions about the world around you. While the switch between 1st and 3rd persons bothered some, I enjoyed the switch in perspectives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2006

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    Holly Lisle has created a novel of enchantment. One that includes so many aspects of life, Love, family, and war. For two long time enemies to have to come together to defeat one greater enemy and put all difference aside. Great Read!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fantastic fantasy

    Because of the three century old war with the Eastil Kingdom, the land of Tonk drafts young children to train as soldiers in an everlasting war of magic. These soldiers are patriots who expect to die in combat and believe being killed protecting their country is honorable. However, from outside the war zone, the Feegash arrives forcing the two adversaries to end the hostilities that threaten the tranquility of the world as it constantly spills beyond the borders of the warring nations.............. The Feegash successfully broker a peace, which leaves a lot of soldiers out of work. This is especially harsh on the veterans who have spent their entire lives training or fighting and expecting to die in battle. Warriors like Talyn are not just unemployed, but mentally unprepared for civilian work. Feegash diplomat Skirmig becomes her lover, but soon Tonk an ex-soldier of Talyn and Eastil diplomatic Captain Gair believe in the threat that the benevolent Feegash plan to annex both disarming countries. These sworn enemies must unite to have any hope against Skirmig, who employs a hideous magic that leaves him in full control.................. Readers will have to adapt to the changing POV from first to third and back to first within the same passage that allows the audience to see inside the heroes, but sometimes proves difficult to follow. Once fans adjust to the constantly changing POV, they will appreciate Holly Lisle¿s deep thought-provoking epic fantasy. The keys to the tale are that the international relationships seems genuine when there is open hostility or the Trojan Horse peace that must be dealt with when the heroes work through personal problems as well as their distrust of one another. Only then can they can try to save their respective nations. TALYN is a deep and powerful fantasy saga that readers will treasure................ Harriet Klausner

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